Real Weddings by KARA: A winter light wedding at Castle Durrow, Co. Laois

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We were thrilled to photograph Jennifer and Shane's beautiful Christmassy wedding in Castle Durrow. The weather was spectacular for their special day and the winter light was magical. Especially towards the evening when the sunset gave us some incredible light to play with.

Jennifer and Shane answered our "Real Weddings by KARA" questionnaire, and if you hover your mouse over some of the images you'll see their supplier related comments.

We hope you enjoy this feature, we think it is particularly inspiring for anyone planning a winter wedding. :)

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The weekend we got engaged Shane’s brother had been to a wedding in Castle Durrow and told us how amazing the place was. It was the second place we looked at and we were sold. I knew we had made the right decision as every time we went down, I loved it even more.
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Ciara Bridal in Powerscourt

Ciara Bridal in Powerscourt

Lance Grossman

Lance Grossman

I found my dress by searching online, fell in love with a picture and searched for a stockiest and found Ciara Bridal in Powerscourt. 

I found my dress by searching online, fell in love with a picture and searched for a stockiest and found Ciara Bridal in Powerscourt. 

Shane’s cousin is a jeweler and he went to him for help in designing the ring. 

Shane’s cousin is a jeweler and he went to him for help in designing the ring. 

On holiday in Cape Cod we got a ferry to Martha’s Vineyard and rented bikes. Shane cycled ahead and pulled into a small private beach, when I caught up he was waiting on his knee with the ring. It was a total surprise but made sense as to why he was minding his bag so carefully all week…. He had asked my parents who were patiently waiting at home for the phone call.
Shane bought me diamond earings which I got on the morning of the wedding and I wore my Mothers bracelet as my something borrowed.

Shane bought me diamond earings which I got on the morning of the wedding and I wore my Mothers bracelet as my something borrowed.

For flowers Castle Durrow recommended Lawlors in Durrow and we went with them as they were local and were used to dealing with the church and the hotel.

For flowers Castle Durrow recommended Lawlors in Durrow and we went with them as they were local and were used to dealing with the church and the hotel.

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Shane bought his Groomsmen suits, as their present, and got them in Kildare Village
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My hair was done by Castle Durrow's in-house stylist.

My hair was done by Castle Durrow's in-house stylist.

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Dress: Ciara Bridal

Dress: Ciara Bridal

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St. Canice's Church, Clough, Ballacolla

St. Canice's Church, Clough, Ballacolla

Our favourite part? For both of us it was the moment the music started in the church and walking up the aisle to see each other. Everything from then on was perfect and there are so many favourite moments
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We sat beside each other on our first day of secondary school when we were 12 and were friends for years before getting together a few weeks before we left school (True childhood sweethearts-haha!)
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When we were planning, Pinterest was our new best friend, creating boards for everything and weddingsonline.ie was also very helpful to get real peoples advice and recommendations
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Marriage means being a family
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We searched online and fell in love with Karinas photography style and after meeting her we had no doubt she would be the best person to capture our day. We were keen to have more candid, real life photos and were so happy with the result
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For our cake we went with Amazing Cakes in Bray after tasting a lot of cake at a wedding fair.

For our cake we went with Amazing Cakes in Bray after tasting a lot of cake at a wedding fair.

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Menu tasting was the best bit of the planning. We enjoyed a night’s stay in Castle Durrow and tasted at least 12 different dishes and wines. We went with a simple menu of what we like but we knew it would be a crowd pleaser. Red onion tartlet, roast pepper and tomato soup, a choice of seabass or sirloin of beef, and apple and blackberry crumble. We had mini fish and chip cones later in the evening which went down a treat.
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Shane’s cousin is a member of the band The Tripps so choosing a wedding band was an easy decision. They had everyone dancing and even had a sing-off between the men and women which was very entertaining (the girls won of course!)
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I wouldn’t do a single thing differently. It was perfect!

Venue: Castle Durrow, Co. Laois | Hair Stylist: Castle Durrow in house stylist Dress: Ciara Bridal | Shoes: Ciara Bridal | Wedding Rings: Lance Grossman | Earrings: Lance Grossman | Flowers: Lawlors | Groomswear: Kildare VillageInvitations: Marc Sheridan | Wedding Band: The Trips | Wedding Cake: Amazing Cakes | Bridesmaids Bracelets:  Newbridge Silverware

Photography:  Weddings by KARA

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